If you are planning a visit to Ontario, the right time is now. With so many natural parks, the province offers breathtaking views of the fall colors in all their glory. Here are 8 of Narcity’s favorite picks that are especially worth visiting.
Balsam Lake has a 2.6 km lookout trail that was formed by glacier activities from over 10,000 years ago. The trail, which takes 1.5 hours to walk, leads you through eskers and kames and provides a panoramic view of the fall colors in the area.
Centennial Ridges is a 10 km trail that meanders on rolling hills. Though the hike is a little bit challenging, it's definitely worth it as there are two viewpoints along the way that look out to the beautiful fall colors of the Algonquin.
The Clifftop trail begins at the base of Bon Echo rock, which is accessible via the Mugwump Ferry. It is suitable for more experienced hikers as there are several steep climbs and uphill sections. The trail leads to a beautiful view of Lake Mazinaw and the surrounding forests from the top of Bon Echo rock.
The trail to the Crack is a challenging undertaking for any hiker - steep hills, wood bridges and boulders can be found at multiple points along the trail. But it's all worth it for the view you'll get at the top - you'll see the beautiful pink quartzite rocks and blue lakes surrounded by the gorgeous autumn foliage of the Killarney forests.
Dorset Lookout Tower
The Dorset Lookout Tower stands 25-metres tall and features an observation deck that offers a breathtaking 360-degree view of the Algonquin Highlands. Apart from viewing the fall colors, one can also enjoy picnic sites, hiking trails and a gift shop in the vicinity.
Dundas Peak provides perhaps the best views of the Dundas and Hamilton areas, so it's a perfect place to take in the changing fall colors. Nearby the peak is also Tews Falls and Webster's Falls, which are accessible via hiking trails.
Mount Nemo is one of the best cliff ecosystems in the Niagara Escarpment. The thousand-year-old forests in the surrounding area are known for their rich colors during the fall, and they can be viewed from a trail that lines the edge of the cliff.
Scenic Caves offers everything from outdoor adventures, ziplining, eco-tours, hiking, and cave exploration. Perhaps one of the best things to do in this area is the suspension bridge, which puts you right above the forest.